Today was another team effort at counting the waterbirds at Pitsford Res, with David Arden, Neil Hasdell, Eleanor and myself conducting a coordinated count. The extra rain of the last few days had turned the water brown on much of the reserve section of the reservoir. However the winter sunshine and relatively mild conditions meant it was good to be out. Total numbers of waterbirds have yet to be added up, but birds of note included the Great White Egret (in Holcot Bay and showing well from the Goosander Hide), a 'redhead' Smew near to Pintail Bay, 3 Goosanders, a Red Kite, a Water Rail, a Kingfisher, a Chiffchaff, 2-3 Brambling and small numbers of Lesser Redpolls and Siskins.
A Brambling remains in our garden at Hanging Houghton.